By Pratapaditya Pal and Graham Howe
In the autumn of 1929 world famous photographer E.O. Hoppé set sail from London to create an epic photo-documentation of the Indian subcontinent. During his travels throughout the region he was invited to visit the Nobel Prize winning poet laureate, novelist, playwright, musician, and painter Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) at Santiniketan (translated as the “abode of peace”), the site of the poet’s University. Hoppé created a historic document uniquely describing the early days of what became a revolution in education as Tagore’s Santiniketan reshaped Bengali literature, music, and its visual arts and crafts.